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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab's community newsletter. Once a month, we'll give you the rundown about what's happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thank you!
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DOE selects Fermilab dark matter experiment for funding

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The search for dark matter is one of the most exciting areas of modern science. We know that dark matter exists and that it makes up about a quarter of the known universe. But we don't know much else about it, and scientists have been trying to detect it and study it for decades. Because it's such an unknown, there are many different methods being used to detect it, and funding agencies have to decide which methods have the best chance.

This month, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation announced their selections for funding for the next generation of dark matter experiments. They chose three, and the Fermilab-led Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search was among them. SuperCDMS will be built underground at the SNOLAB in Ontario, Canada, and will use an extremely sensitive detector to search for a type of particles called WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles.
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Photo column spacer Ask-a-Scientist: American Science and America's Future - Sunday, Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.
Every month Fermilab offers a weekend lecture-and-tour program called Ask-a-Scientist. This month's speaker is Pushpa Bhat, a physicist on collider experiments at Fermilab and CERN and an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University. Bhat will talk about the future of American investment in scientific discovery. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the laboratory and a chance to mingle with Fermilab scientists and ask questions. Ask-a-Scientist is always free, but registration is required.
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Photo column spacer Lecture: The Science of Speed - Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
Physics and NASCAR may seem to be an odd match. But as Diandra Leslie-Peleckey learned when researching her book on the subject, racecar drivers cannot win unless they have a good understanding of some pretty complex physics concepts. On Friday, Aug. 15, she will deliver a talk using her book, The Physics of NASCAR, as a springboard. The lecture will delve into the scientific concepts behind the popular sport and explain why driving fast is more difficult than it appears. She will also explore how popular culture can be a good selling point for math and physics to a general audience. Tickets and more information are available online.
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Photo column spacer Gallery Talk: Louise LeBourgeois - Wednesday, Sept. 3, noon
Last month, Chicago painter Louise LeBourgeois opened a new exhibit at the Fermilab Art Gallery titled Approaching Light. The paintings were created between 2002 and 2014 and depict striking, off-kilter landscapes rich with color. LeBourgeois will return to the laboratory on Sept. 3 at noon to deliver a talk about her work. The talk takes place at noon in the Curia II conference room on Wilson Hall's second floor. It's free, but you will need to register. Please email georgia@fnal.gov.
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Photo column spacer Physics Today interviews Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer
Physics Today: Global cooperation is key to U.S. high-energy physics strategy
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Photo column spacer DOE to fund Fermilab's SuperCDMS dark matter experiment
Science News: Dark matter hunters may get three new experiments
Earth and Sky: Three next-generation dark matter experiments get a green light
Science: Two big dark matter experiments gain U.S. support
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Ask-a-Scientist: American Science and America's Future FREE
Sun., Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Science Adventures: Nature's Power Lab
Mon.-Wed., Aug. 4-6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grades 6-8

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 5, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Science Adventures: What's the Matter
Thursday-Friday, Aug. 7-8, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Grades 1-3

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30-10 p.m.

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Science Adventures: Life in the Woods
Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Grades K-2

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Aug. 10, 2-5 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 12, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 14, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Science of Speed
Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.

Science Adventures: Dynamic Duo
Sat., Aug. 16, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Grades 3-5
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Aug. 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 19, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 26, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 28, 7:30-10 p.m.

Upcoming in September

Louise LeBourgeois Approaching Light Art Gallery Talk FREE
Wed., Sept. 3, noon

Ask-a-Scientist: Global Partnerships in Particle Physics FREE
Sun., Sept. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Nanotechnology
Fri., Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

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